Berkeley City College (BCC) is part of a group called Peralta Colleges and is located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1978 and formerly known as Vista Community College, the school serves approximately 5,000 students. It is known for its outstanding programs in American Sign Language, computer information systems, business, biotechnology, and liberal arts and social sciences.
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, BCC offers associate degree programs, and certificate programs in a variety of fields including arts and cultural studies, biotechnology, American Sign Language, business, women’s studies, travel and tourism, global studies, liberal arts, computer information systems, and social services. Students have the option of enrolling in programs designed for transfer to four-year institutions, occupational training classes, or programs in which associate degrees are earned for immediate entry into the workforce.
In addition, the school offers distance learning in two formats: online, or hybrid. Online courses are strictly conducted online with no on-campus involvement. Hybrid courses combine both on-campus lectures and Internet coursework. Online education is ideal for students looking for a flexible learning environment, who are self-motivated, and self-disciplined. There is also a concurrent enrollment program for area high school students interested in getting a jump start on higher education.